Research Assistant II Lab

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

ID: 7087174
Posted: October 14, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Single Cell Core (SCC) at Harvard Medical School is seeking a Research Assistant to join our group. The candidate will work closely with the Senior Research Technician and the Directors of the SCC to learn single cell RNA-sequencing methods, to perform/ execute experiments, assist in the optimization and validation of new technologies and procedures and generate data from various genomics workflows. The candidate must be careful and detail oriented with excellent communication skills, and able to present their work to the group in lab meetings and regional scientific meetings. This is an opportunity to learn cutting-edge techniques at the forefront of next-generation sequencing methods.

Basic Qualifications

College background preferably in a related discipline. One to two years related work experience (relevant course work may count towards experience).

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Experience in genomics, molecular biology, biochemistry, biology or related field (relevant coursework may count towards experience).
•Prior laboratory experience is required.
•Working knowledge or experience with basic molecular biology techniques (e.g., DNA/RNA purification, PCR/RT-PCR amplification, etc.) is a plus.
•BS/MS or equivalent professional
•Familiarity with genomics, DNA sequencing (in particular the Illumina platform), preparation of RNA-seq libraries is required; experience with single-cell RNA-sequencing is a plus
•Demonstrated problem solving skills and ability to troubleshoot technical and scientific issues
•Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
•Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Additional Information

This is a two-year term position from date of hire with possibility of extension, contingent on work performance and continued funding to support the position.

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, incredibly affordable classes directly at the Harvard Extension School, and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.


Harvard Medical School strives to cultivate an environment that promotes inclusiveness and collaboration among students, faculty and staff and to create new avenues for discussion that will advance our shared mission to improve the health of people throughout the world.